He was born to an enslaved couple, and when his father died and his mother was kidnapped, he was taken into the care of his owners, Moses and Susan Carver. He was later released after the abolishment of slavery. As he grew older he discovered his interests in Math, Science and Agriculture. He went to many black schools and later got his diploma. Carver attended Tuskegee Institute and Iowa State where he earned his Bachelor of Science Degree.
What did he do? What were his achievements?
He did many experiments with peanuts, sweet potatoes, soybeans, and pecans. He created over 300 uses with peanuts and 100 uses for the sweet potato. Carver revised the peanut into peanut butter, shampoos, milk, cheese and even wood stains. He got the attention of the National Growers Association. George Washington Carver spent much of his time giving lectures and speeches to college students around the country. Later in life, he created moveable schools on wagons for people who couldn't access education.
How did his skin color and slavery affect him?
Racism and slavery affected him. He was born a slave, so he was in a very racist setting growing up. Accepted into Highland College in Kansas, Carver was denied admittance once college administrators and teachers discovered of his race. For a short time, he went to Iowa State College. Had Carver been a white man, he probably would have stayed at Iowa and concentrated on agriculture there.
Instead he accepted an offer to go to all-black-staffed Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. He could have had more opportunities at Iowa, but his skin color held him back. He may have suffered the effects of racism and slavery, but he became the successful man that we all want to keep his legacy for.